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presidential candidate mitt romney signed into law in 2006 when he was governor of massachusetts from this morning's "washington journal." >> host: a reporter of the "boston herald" talking about the health care bill mitt romney signed in 2006. thank you for joining us. >> guest: good morning. >> host: give us the basics, first of all, back in time to the debate happening in massachusetts. what was governor romney's role in getting the health care law pushed and signed? was he the one who initiated the process? >> guest: it was a massive bipartisan effort, involved politicians, business leaders, small business owners, but he was the governor at the time, and he was the one who effectively signed it into law, and as a backdrop, which probably everybody here knows pretty well, we, as a nation, are dealing with ever increasing health care costs, and as the health care costs go up, we're also dealing with a large number of people who do not have insurance, and the massachusetts health reform law was designed to tackle both, but just the insurance part of it first. i can get into it in mor
featured prominently in last night's presidential debate. governor romney talked about shifting people currently under the age of 55 to a voucher like program for health care when they reach age 65. president obama's affordable care act does not offer a truly long-term fix to medicare. so, what is your plan to keep medicare solid while not forcing seniors to fend for themselves? >> well, for me, medicare is not an esoteric debate. my mom who worked in the factories of new jersey, where char to get us into the middle class in the twilight of her life she was fighting alzheimer's. medicare was her health care security. they made a difference with her to live in dignity. that's why under the act on trent affordable care act we extended life until 2024. that's why we'll continue to look at the life of medicare as some of what we did it beginning to eliminate the waste, fraud and abuse. that is part of why we extend the life of medicare by stopping over payments to insurance companies prospectively and also maybe i don't know that warren buffett and bill gates made medicare. so maybe we hav
the c-span channels. >> he was presidential. i think you just never know what positions governor romney is going to come with your gmail, the centerpiece of their economic policies so far has been the tax cut and last night we found out he doesn't have a fight for a tax cut and i guess he outsource that to china. it's hard to figure out what governor romney's position is on a number of issues. but i think as time goes on, meaning days, this can become pretty clear that governor romney has even changed or doesn't remember. i think at the end of the day we have two more debates coming up. i feel real good about it. >> what is your debate? >> my own debate? all debates are tough. you're up there and you're able to say -- i was watching the debate last night you can get there and say what it do not ms and you hear people say not. it's not saying that famous 320, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 million people. all debates are tough, but i'm looking forward to it. the thing about congressman ryan is he has been straightforward up till now. all the significant changes he wants to make. we have a fundamenta
that the obama administration has declined to defend, the defense of marriage act. and president romney might well decide that he would defend the constitutionality of the statute, but it does not seem that that kind of social conservative question has a lot of civilians in something like a presidential debate. i think it will, other than health care, i can't see much happening. >> i think it -- i think it will not happen. and here's why. no major national political figure has attacked affirmative-action publicly since 1996 or four. it is kind of remarkable. the republicans to during the 90's for a while we're seeing some political profit in attacking affirmative action given the poll's don't do anymore. the democrats said maybe it's time to stop these racial preferences. the democratic council was inching down that road. but that's all gone. and i have spoken to republican politicians. why is that? and the answer was, we get so demonized if we ever raised voices against affirmative action. it's just not worth the cost, not worth the hassle. i think part of it, ironically, was there was an in
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